Early Alzheimer’s Research Doesn’t Mean You Should Hibernate Like a Bear

British researchers who studied how bears’ brains react after hibernation may have found a clue toward treatment and cures for Alzheimer’s disease. “What the investigators noticed was when bears hibernated, the connections between nerves slowed down,” says Paul Wright, MD, chairman of neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park. “And when the connections between the nerves slowed down, there was a protein that was manifested. So what researchers then said is, ‘What is the role of this protein and having the bears come back to where they were before?’”

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